Just Listed: Another Bauhaus Townhouse in Northern Liberties
This sleek modernist townhouse looks a lot like its down-the-row sibling. But its more colorful interior gives it more of a Mediterranean than a Scandinavian feel.
If this European-style facade looks familiar, it should: This three-story modernist house for sale in Northern Liberties is part of the same row of Bauhaus-inspired townhouses as this house we featured in this space back in November.
As a result, you get a rare opportunity to see how little things can make a big difference. So instead of invoking Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus, in describing this house for sale, we’ll go this time with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the guy who told us that “God is in the details.”
Yes, the house itself looks more like something Gropius would have produced than like something Miesian. But on the inside, it comes from a different part of Europe than that other house, which finally sold in February.
The similarities should be clear upon entry. Same Brazilian ipe wood for the vestibule and kitchen cabinets. Same polished slate floors. Same dramatic fireplace in the high-ceilinged living room on the second floor.
But the colorful furniture and lighter lighting give the first-floor dining/family room a lighter, more Mediterranean feel than that first house…
…and if anything, the German Liebherr fridge and Miele built-in coffeemaker with warming drawer in this house’s kitchen look more like they were designed for it than the Viking fridge in that other kitchen. (It’s a wash on the ranges; here, you’ll find a Wolf.)
You’ll also find a brighter, more colorful patio in back of the first floor thanks to its floral-painted privacy wall and complementary furnishings.
Likewise, contrast the black-and-white minimalism of the first house’s living room with the warmer palette of this one’s. The custom full-height bookshelf makes a big difference.
And so on, through the master bedroom, but not so much the master bathroom — Carrara marble pretty much looks the same no matter what.
The biggest difference between this house and that one, though? This one has a roof deck outfitted with greenery and accessed by a dramatic floating staircase.
Where the house down the block was buttoned down, this one traded its Oxford-cloth shirt for a colorful tropical print. But since both houses share common bones, you can dress this one up or down as you wish once you get your hands on it. And it comes with the same great location and neighborhood amenities.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 2 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 2,603
SALE PRICE: $865,000
OTHER STUFF: This house also has carport parking for one car behind the patio. A $150 monthly homeowners association fee covers common area maintenance for the row.
1117 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 [Marion Dinofa | Philadwellphia | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]